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Exeter MP and former health minister Ben Bradshaw has called the situation 'completely unacceptable in a wealthy country'. He's been speaking to ITV Westcountry:-
The Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group says it believes improvements in assessment and recording of malnourishment are likely to account to the significant rise in assessed cases in the county.
The group, which has the responsibility of commissioning health services for Somerset’s 540,000 residents, also says the published figures do not necessarily relate to separate patients.
The numbers of people being admitted to hospital suffering from malnutrition have more than doubled in just five years in the West Country.
According to new figures released by the Department of Health, Somerset Primary Care Trust recorded the sharpest increase, with 215 admissions in 2013, compared with 30 malnutrition cases in 2009.
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Hospital admission rates for malnutrition have more than doubled in just five years in the West Country according to official figures.